Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saying Good-Bye to 2016

I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out if I am sad to see 2016 go.  I would like to say I am glad to close the door on the all of the viciousness generated from the Presidential Election, but I think that door will still be open for a while. Like with any other contest one enters, there will always be one winner, and at least one loser.  I pray that our country can lose its anger and come together to make our world a better place to live.

I'm also saddened by the loss of some very notable people who enriched our lives.  That doesn't diminish the loss of those making the supreme sacrifice or those whom we loved dearly, but some of these "famous people" also became part of our lives, at least they were part of my family for a while. Here's a list of the faces I will miss seeing on this planet.

From the World of Television:

Pat Harrington, Jr., Schneider on "One Day at a Time."
Dan Haggerty, from the "Life and Times of Grizzly Adams"
Abe Vigoda, detective Fish on "Barney Miller."
Doris Roberts, great character actor, and Raymond's "Ma."
Morley Safer, from "60 Minutes"
Alan Young, who talked to one very special horse, Mr. Ed
Gary Marshall, director of "Happy Days," "Lavern & Shirley," and many movies
Fyvush Finkel, Loveable old man from "Boston Public" and "Picket Fences."
Robert Vaugh, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Florence Henderson, "The Brady Bunch"
Ron Glass, Detctive Harris on "Barney Miller"
Grant Tinker,  "Hill Street Blues"
Joseph Mascolo, Stefano DiMera on "Days of Our Lives"
Alan Thick, "Growing Pains"
William Christopher, Father Mulcahy from "M.A.S.H."

From the World of the Silver Screen:

Alan Rickman   Live on Professor Snapes.  You brought a character of words to life.
Goerge Kennedy, long time cowboy and tough guy
Patty Duke, child star and actress, The Miracle Worker
Gene Wilder, from Blazzing Saddles to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, to several movies made with Richard Prior
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Carrie Fisher, Star Wars movies
Debby Reynolds, Singing in the Rain and many more movies

From the World of Music:

Glenn Fry.  May he find himself soaring on eagles' wings!
Joey Feek, country music singer
Merle Haggard, the original "Okie from Muskogee"
Prince, who had us dancing to "1999," and sang us into the year 1999 and beyond.
Holly Dunn, "Daddy's Hands"
George Michael, "Faith"

From the World of Space:

Edgar Mitchel,  Apollo 14
John Glenn, first man to orbit the Earth

From the World of Literature:

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Eli Wiesel, Night
Edward Albee,  Who's Afriad of Virginia Wolf?
W.P. Kinsella, FIeld of Dreams
Richard Adams, Watership Down

From the World of Sports:

Joe Garagiloa, National League catcher and later TV anchor for the Today Show
Muhammad Ali, who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee
Gordie Howe, NHL Canadian hockey player
Buddy Ryan, defensive coach for the Chicago Bears
Pat Summett, women's basketball coach for Tennessee
Arnold Palmer, professional golfer

There were many more, but these people affected me; they made a difference in my life, be it a smile, tear, laugh, or motivating me into cheering or dancing.

Who will you miss as we turn the calendar, leaving 2016 behind and embracing 2017?  Leave me a comment to tell me your answer.

HAPPY 2017!


 James Dean Quote

Until the next time, Peeps, have a great day,
and make a positive difference
in someone's life!





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